Open Air

Thursdays at 1pm

KALW’s weekly magazine of the performing arts in the Bay Area, featuring live interviews with musicians, choreographers, and actors, with occasional in-studio performances and ticket giveaways.  Produced by Niels Swinkels.

(For segment/guest suggestions, email david@kalw.org.)

 

David Wilson

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with actress and singer Laura Michelle Kelly who plays the role of Anna Leonowens in the SHN production of ‘The King and I’, currently at the Golden Gate Theatre in San Francisco. 

Robbie Sweeny

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with playwright, performance poet, actor, and Public Radio host Al Letson about ‘Summer in Sanctuary’, his show about his work as a creative writing teacher at a community center in an economically challenged neighborhood in Jacksonville, Florida, currently at The Marsh in San Francisco.

David Allen

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with RETNA, the graffiti artist who designed the current production of Verdi’s ‘Aida’ at San Francisco Opera.

This week on a music-filled Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with Peninsula Symphony’s music director Mitchell Klein about this weekend’s concert featuring pianist Conrad Tao and a new work by composer Carolyn Bremer, who also joins us in-studio. 

Lawrence Rickford

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with Austrian pianist Rudolf Buchbinder, a 1966 winner of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, who plays this week with the San Francisco Symphony as part of his 70th birthday grand tour, playing Mozart’s D minor piano concerto, No. 20, from 1785.

J. Norrena

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with Music Director Ben Simon  about the upcoming concert of the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, which includes the world premiere of a newly commissioned ‘Concerto for Jazz Violin and Orchestra’ by composer Evan Price, who is also in the studio.

Lin Cariffe

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with Russel Blackwood, Artistic Director of Thrillpeddlers, and co-director of Shocktoberfest 17: Pyramid of Freaks’, the Annual Extravaganza of Terror & Titillation, opening this weekend at The Hypnodrome in San Francisco.

Sven Hagolani

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with Sheyna Burt, North American president of the World Doctors Orchestra which gives two charity concerts at the San Francisco Conservatory. We are talking to conductor and artistic director Paul Flight and Dutch bass-baritone Marc Pantus about upcoming performances of the Matthew Passion by the California Bach Society, and a recital by Pantus of a program with poetry from Heinrich Heine, set to music by Dutch composers from the 19th century. Composer Paul Dresher stops by to discuss the world premiere of his new piece for the Berkeley Symphony, ‘Crazy Eights & Fractured Symmetries’. Jane Ganahl, co-founder of Litquake, shares details about the literary festival that opens today in San Francisco; and choreographers Jess Curtis and Claire Cunningham discuss their latest work ‘The Way You Look (at me) Tonight’, currently at CounterPulse.

Open Air with host David Latulippe; heard live on Thursday, October 6 at 1pm. Listen now or anytime…

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This week on Open Air, guest host Peter Robinson talks with Pianists-composers Anne Sajdera and Davide Verotta about their upcoming concerts with original and repertoire compositions for two pianos, in Oakland and San Francisco. Aerial choreographer Jo Kreiter stops by to share details about “Grace and Delia are Gone”, a site-specific work by Flyaway productions, created for the Firehouse at Fort Mason, which explores the topic of violence against women through the lens of murder ballads. Choral conductor Ragnar Bohlin discusses ‘Immortal Fire’, a concert program by Cappella SF which includes works by Bach, Britten, and a world premiere by Mark Volkert. Plus, conductor and trumpeter Chad Goodman and composer Aaron Gervais talk about the Elevate Ensemble’s season-opener ‘Stravinsky: Reconstructed’, which breaks down and rebuilds Igor Stravinsky’s ‘Octet for Wind Instruments’. 

Open Air with guest host Peter Robinson. Heard live on Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 1pm. Listen now or anytime…

Chi Wang

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with composer/instrument builder Paul Dresher and percussion virtuoso Steven Schick about the music theater production ‘Schick Machine’, this weekend at Z Space in San Francisco.

David DeSilva

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with Artistic Director Celia Fushille about Smuin Ballet’s new dance season, which starts with performances at Walnut Creek’s Lesher Center for the Arts on September 23, before it travels to San Francisco’s Palace of Fine Arts. Also, a conversation with director Max Minton and writer Bruce Graham about the West Coast Premiere of ‘White Guy on the Bus’, a provocative show about current day race relations in America, produced by Theatre Aluminous at The Flight Deck in Oakland and opening his weekend. Paige Rogers, Artistic Director for Cutting Ball Theatre, stops by to share details about  ‘AvantGardARAMA!’, a sampler of short experimental works, which kicks off the season. Pianists-composers Anne Sajdera and Davide Verotta talk about two concerts with original and repertoire compositions for two pianos, in Oakland and San Francisco. And conductor Donato Cabrera brings us up to speed about the new season of the California Symphony, which opens this Sunday in Walnut Creek.

Open Air with host David Latulippe; hear it live on Thursday, September 15 at 1pm.

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with Opera San Jose General Director Larry Hancock about Donizetti’s ‘Lucia di Lammermoor’, which opens the new season.

Prabhakar Subrahmanyam

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks to comedian and politican Tom Ammiano about his show ‘Mincing Words’, opening September 8 at The Marsh SF, in which he discusses his magical mystery venture into the California State Assembly. Also, a conversation with American mezzo-soprano J’Nai Bridges who makes her San Francisco Opera debut as Bersi in the production of ‘Andrea Chénier’, opening on September 9. Tony Award-nominated composer Andrew Lippa stops by to talk about his show ‘Life of the Party’, currently on stage at TheatreWorks Silicon Valley. Plus, we talk to Usha Srinivasan and Vinita Belani, respectively producer and director of ‘The Conference of the Birds’, a performance based on an ancient Sufi poem in which thirty artists represent ten different dance traditions from four continents.

Open Air with host David Latulippe; heard live on Thursday, September 1 at 1pm. Listen now or anytime... 

Joe Lambie

This week on Open Air, guest host Kevin Vance sits in for David Latulippe and has a conversation with Executive Artistic Director Dan Demers about the upcoming season at Hillbarn Theatre, which opens with the musical ‘Legally Blonde’.  Also, Black Choreographers Festival (BCF) co-director Kendra Barnes stops by, together with choreographer Chris Evans, to share details about the BCF Summer Series, this weekend at Laney College in Oakland. We have Nick Olivero, creator and artistic director of ‘The Speakeasy’, in the studio to discuss the return of 2014’s immersive theatrical hit at a new and bigger location, and he brings along actor/singer Megan Wicks who sings live on the air. Plus, regular contributor and critic at large Peter Robinson reviews Cal Shakes, Richard III at the Kabuki, and the new movie ‘Equity’.

Open Air with guest host Kevin Vance. Heard live on Thursday, August 25, at 1pm. Listen now or anytime... 

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe Talks with Robert Geary, Artistic Director of the San Francisco Choral Society and contralto Edith Dowd, about the performances of Verdi’s Requiem by the SFCS at Davies Symphony Hall, this coming weekend. Also, a conversation with Festival Producer AJ Baker, about 3Girls Theatre (3GT) Company's 5th Annual New Works Festival, which celebrates ‘Women and the Body Politic’, starting August 22nd. Cabaret singer Carly Ozard stops by to talk about her show ‘More Shift Happens’, on August 18 at Feinstein’s at the Nikko; and REAF Executive Director Ken Henderson shares details about Northern California’s Largest Annual, star-studded concert and gala benefiting Meals on Wheels of San Francisco & AIDS Legal Referral Panel, this coming Sunday at the Herbst Theater in San Francisco. 

Open Air with host David Latulippe; heard live on Thursday August 18 at 1pm. Listen now or anytime...

This week on Open Air, guest host Ashleyanne Krigbaum talks with Philip Watt and jazz guitarist Jack Tone Riordan, about the upcoming live jazz concert and recording sessions of organ trio jazz in Oakland, Sutter Creek and San Francisco. Regular host David Latulippe contributes conversations with Giovanna Sardelli, director of new works for Theatreworks Silicon Valley, which presents its 15th Annual New Works Festival in Palo Alto, starting this weekend through August 21; songwriter Don Currie shares his music for a special forthcoming reunion concert with singer Donna Pilar, on August 20 at the Noe Valley Ministry in San Francisco. And regular contributor and critic at large Peter Robinson discusses audio books as traveling companions.

Open Air with hosts Ashleyanne Krigbaum and David Latulippe; heard live on Thursday, August 11 at 1pm. Listen now or anytime…

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This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with drag queen Peaches Christ and actress/dancer April Kidwell about their respective roles as Cristal Connors and Nomi Malone in the Peaches Christ production of "Showgirls, the musical!" now at the Victoria Theater.  

This week on Open Air, guest host Kevin Vance talks with actor and writer Dan Hoyle about his one-man show ‘The Real Americans’, an account of a three month-trip across the U.S. in search of the true meaning of America and what it means to be American, currently at The Marsh SF in an updated version. Also, a conversation with journalist/playwright Sarah Shourd, who survived 410 days of solitary confinement as a political hostage in Iran in 2009/10 and created ‘The Box’, a piece of transformational theater about that experience, currently at Z Space in San Francisco. We will hear from Artistic Director Amy Mueller about the Bay Area Playwrights Festival 2016; she brings along Walt McGough, one of the participating playwrights. Plus, regular contributor and critic at large Peter Robinson shines his reviewing light on cultural events around the Bay Area.

Open Air with guest host Kevin Vance; hear it live on Thursday, July 14 at 1pm.

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This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe has conversations with SAFEhouse Arts Executive Director Joe Landini about its ninth annual Summer Performance Festival, SPF9, currently at ODC Theater in San Francisco. SPF9 features ten programs over five days including ‘Reach’, a new piece by the Sarah Bush Dance Project, inspired by the lives & words of Isadora Duncan, Gertrude Stein & Ina Coolbrith, for which choreographer Sarah Bush joins us in the studio. Kelley Cutler, Human Rights organizer from the Coalition on Homelessness, and playwright Robin Bradford share details about ‘Low Hanging Fruit’, the story of four homeless women struggling to survive in a small tent encampment on LA’s Skid Row, presented in its San Francisco premiere by 3Girls Theatre Company, opening July 6. Plus, actor Clay David and founder of Bay Area Musicals (BAM), Matthew McCoy discuss the musical ‘La Cage aux Folles’, which closes BAM’s inaugural season.

Open Air with host David Latulippe; heard live on Thursday afternoon, July 7 at 1pm. Listen now or anytime...

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This week David talks with conductor Edwin Outwater about the San Francisco Symphony's "Summer with the Symphony" concert offerings - you'll also hear about this week's symphony performances of Mahler's "Symphony No. 2" from the two vocal soloists involved, mezzo Kelley O'Connor and soprano Karina Gauvin; 

This week, a visit with the legendary Ben Vereen, who has a solo show at Feinstein’s at the Nikko this week.  You’ll also hear about the many offerings at this year’s FURY Factory Festival of Ensemble & Devised Theater, about ACT’s world-premiere production of “Crack. Rumble.

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with choreographer Hope Mohr and composer Beth Wilmurt about their collaboration for the world premiere of ‘Manifesting’, a dance theater work inspired by art manifestos, this weekend at ODC in San Francisco. Amelia Rudolph, the artistic director of Bandaloop stops by to discuss her choreography for ‘#SFPublicCanvas’, a large-scale, multi-media, vertical dance performance that premieres on June 16 on the exterior of the Hastings School of Law building on Golden Gate Avenue.  Executive director Harvey Malloy is in the studio to talk about the ongoing Berkeley Festival and Exhibition. And comedian and story teller Ady Lady talks about her one-woman show ‘From Piss to Bliss’, currently at The Marsh SF.

Open Air with host David Latulippe; hear it live on Thursday, June 9, at 1pm.

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with Voices of Music Director Hanneke van Proosdij about the ensemble’s upcoming performance at the Berkeley Festival and Exhibition, together with ‘Queen of the Baroque Violin’, Rachel Podger. Also, a conversation with the President of the Cole Porter Society, Noah Griffin, about the birthday celebration for the great songwiter, this weekend at Herbst Theatre in San Francisco. Magen Solomon, artistic director of the SF Choral Artists stops by to discuss the collaboration with Baroque string ensemble Galax Quartet in ‘21st-Century Baroque’. Christy Bolingbroke  joins us in the studio  to  discuss the   ODC   Summer Season and Walking Distance Festival. And regular contributor and critic at large Peter Robinson offers some suggestions for summer reading.

Open Air with host David Latulippe; heard live on Thursday, June 2, 2016 at 1pm. Listen now or anytime...

Bill Hocker

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with actress Kathleen Chalfant, about the current Berkeley Rep production of “For Peter Pan on her 70th birthday” in which she stars. Also, a conversation with conductor Ming Luke and tenor Brian Thorsett, about the upcoming (June 3-5) Berkeley Community Chorus and Orchestra’s performance of Britten’s “War Requiem” – Thorsett will also talk about his role in Curious Flight’s production of Mark Blitztein’s “Airborne Symphony”, this coming weekend.  Actor Corey Fischer stops by to discuss his show “Lightning in the Brain” at The Marsh SF, through July 9; and Rob Melrose and Paul Walsh share details about August Strindberg’s “A Dreamplay”, in a new translation at the Cutting Ball Theatre, opening this weekend.

Open Air with host David Latulippe; heard live on Thursday, May 26 at 1pm. Listen now or anytime...

Ken Levin

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with singer, pianist and entertainer Michael Feinstein, who returns to Feinstein’s at the Nikko to celebrate its 3rd anniversary. Also, a conversation with Canadian dancer, performance artist and comedienne Sara Porter about her show ‘Sara Does a Solo’, this weekend at Fort Mason in San Francisco, as part of the 2016 SF International Arts Festival. Director Margo Hall stops by and shares details about the production of “Red Velvet” starring Carl Lumbly and Susi Damilano, currently at SF Playhouse. And political satirist Will Durst is in the studio to discuss his show ‘Elect to Laugh: 2016’, opening on May 24 at The Marsh SF, in which he gives his opinions and observations on the presidential election cycle.

Open Air with host David Latulippe; heard live on Thursday, May 19 at 1pm. Listen now or anytime... 

Andy Mogg

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with choreographer Amy Lewis, who has enlisted five other Bay Area choreographers to each choreograph to one of J.S. Bach’s ‘Six Suites for Unaccompanied Cello’, performed this weekend at the Community Music Center on Capp Street in San Francisco. Also, a conversation with Janet Koike and Ed Holmes about ‘Island City Waterways’, celebrating the past and present of Alameda, California, through music, dance, theater, storytelling and the visual arts, on May 21 and 22. Music Director Dr. Anne Hege and Bay Area composer Ann Callaway stop by to discuss the Voci Women’s Vocal Ensemble presentation of ‘Songs of the Bygone: Traces of a Vanishing World,’, which features the premiere of Callaway’s “On Music and Nature: Three Hopkins Settings,” based on poems by 19th century English poet Gerard Manley Hopkins. And Ethiopian-American singer-songwriter Meklit Hadero joins us in the studio to perform live and share details about the world premiere of her latest work ‘This Was Made Here: A Diasporic Odyssey’, which runs in the YBCA Forum May 19 - 21.

Open Air with host David Latulippe; heard live on Thursday, May 12 at 1pm. Listen now or anytime...

Gregory Goode

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks to cellist Jennifer Kloetzel of the Cypress String Quartet, which is celebrating its 20th and final season by offering a series of pop-up concerts around San Francisco called ‘Beethoven in the City’. Unfortunately, the  planned conversation with Monique Hafen, who plays Charity in the Hillbarn production of the musical ‘Sweet Charity’, opening this weekend, could not take place because of an injury that the actress sustained. Actors John Walker and Pamela Gaye Walker stop by to discuss the world premiere of The Empty Nesters’ at Z Below in San Francisco. Native San Franciscan composer Mark Grey shares details about the premiere of his ‘Frankenstein Symphony’ with the Berkeley Symphony under Music Director Joana Carneiro; and regular contributor and critic at Large Peter Robinson reviews the new movie Francofonia.

Open Air with host David Latulippe; heard live on Thursday afternoon, May 5, 2016, at 1pm. Listen now or  anytime...

Monday, May 2 at 9pm:  The Berkeley Symphony’s season opening concert from 10/14/15.  Music Director Joana Carneiro with Ravel’s “Bolero,” “Laterna Magica” by Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho, and Hector Berlioz’s song cycle “Les nuits d'été” sung by Simone Osborne.

Monday, May 9 at 9pm:  The U.S. premiere of “Fachwerk” by Russian composer Sofia Gubaidulina, featuring bayan (classical accordion) player Geir Draugsvoll, brass works by Italian Renaissance composer Giovanni Gabrieli, and Modest Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition” (from 12/3/15).

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This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks to Smuin Ballet’s artistic director Celia Fushille, about the season-ending program ‘Dance Series Two’, a world premiere by acclaimed choreographer Helen Pickett, set to an original score by ‘House of Cards’ composer Jeff Beal. Also, a conversation with composer Scrumbly Koldewyn, about his new musical ‘The Untamed Stage: Weimar Berlin Kabarett’, currently at The Hypnodrome in San Francisco. Composer Mason Bates shares details about the premiere of his new work ‘Auditorium’, by the San Francisco Symphony under conductor Pablo Heras-Casado. And regular contributor and critic at large Peter Robinson shines his light on cultural events around the Bay Area, including Summer Shakespeare.

Open Air with host David Latulippe; heard live on Thursday, April 28, 2016, at 1pm. Listen now or anytime... 

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